Will this be the “Sonos Killer”? More importantly, should it be? Impossible to tell at this point, but Samsung today threw its hat into the wireless multiroom audio arena with its new Shape M7 system.
The Samsung Shape Wireless Audio Multiroom speaker system can be used alone or paired with the optional Samsung Hub and additional M7 speakers to create a multi-room system.
Setup is billed as a snap. Connect the speaker or hub to a router, plug in, and download a free smartphone app for user control. The hub enables speakers to be deployed without the need for a direct connection to the router. You can play different music in different rooms, or the same music in all rooms. Neat!
Utilizing dual-band WiFi along with mesh networking technology, Shape is compatible with Amazon Cloud Player, Pandora, Rhapsody, and TuneIn Radio, as well as all of your music stored on your smartphone, laptop, or PC. Bluetooth with NFC functionality also comes standard.
Because it’s sliced like a wedge of cheese, it appears that the M7 speaker can fit nicely into a corner. There’s an optional wall mount too, if that’s your thing.
The speaker itself? Per Samsung: “The Foam Core Woofer, CNT pulp cone mid-range speakers, and silk dome tweeters with advanced speaker enclosures form the perfect combination for delivering deep, precise bass reproduction and crisp, clean mid- and high ranges.” That certainly sounds like speaker jargon.
We’ve requested a review unit. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to be tell you just how good Shape really sounds… and how well it performs.
The M7 speaker will be available October 13 for $399.99, with the hub at $49.99.